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Lawyers, family ask for release of detained pizza worker

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(AP) - The family and attorneys of an Ecuadorean pizza shop worker who was arrested while trying to make a delivery are submitting a formal request to immigration officials demanding his immediate release.

Attorneys from the Legal Aid Society, accompanied by Pablo Villavicencio's wife and two small daughters, said in a press conference that they filed the petition on Monday.

The immigrant was arrested on June 1 when he tried to make a pizza delivery to the Fort Hamilton garrison in Brooklyn.

RELATED: Military base calls immigration agents on pizza deliveryman

A routine background check revealed there was a warrant for his arrest for immigration law violations.

A federal judge temporarily blocked the deportation of Villavicencio but the immigrant remains in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody.

An ICE spokeswoman did not respond to a request for comment on Monday.

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